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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
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Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
May 10 was a busy time for Penn Staters in Western Pennsylvania. The Coaches Caravan featuring head football coach James Franklin was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, while the Nittany Lion baseball team took on an old rival in the West Virginia Mountaineers at PNC Park, h [Read More]
Ode to the Volunteers of HMA Ode to the Volunteers of HMA
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I want to pay homage to a little known organization at Penn State that is about to quietly fade from existence. Not because of budget cuts or scandal, but because it was so successful that it has finally outlived its purpose. [Read More]
Startup Week at Penn State Wants to Help Make Dreams Come True
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Startup Week at Penn State Wants to Help Make Dreams Come True
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s Penn State Startup Week, the newly expanded version of the highly successful College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Startup Week that began in 2012. Penn State President Eric Barron’s “Invent Penn State” initiative inspired this new campus-wide version of Startup Week, with [Read More]
Family First, Right Now
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Family First, Right Now
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Pick up your phone or grab a pen. Your task is to call or write to that relative you've been meaning to talk to forever and keep finding excuses for not getting it done. It’s time to stop talking about organizing that family reunion or picnic and just make it happen. [Read More]
Simply Epic
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Simply Epic
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
If you consider yourself a sports fan, regardless of what sports you like or teams and athletes you root for, you have to marvel at the achievements this past weekend for two Penn State teams. I can only describe what the wrestling and men’s ice hockey teams accomplished as epic. Simply epic. [Read More]
Taking Off at Leadership Flight School
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Taking Off at Leadership Flight School
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Bartell & Bartell's Leadership Flight School (LFS) was a terrific experience, with four days of actively learning and challenging the conventional wisdom about leadership. Their core philosophy is based on “servant leadership” and improving the way in which we look at ourselves as leaders and h [Read More]
Take Charge of Your Life
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Take Charge of Your Life
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I was so impressed with Brian Price’s presence and his message to an HVAC class at CPI. He is such a great role model for the young students in the class. But I had no idea what I would learn when I asked if I could interview him for this column. It’s both tragic and heroic. [Read More]
Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion
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Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Despite a pick-six, a missed extra point, a fumble, bad penalties, and several dropped catches by two of the best possession receivers in the league, the Patriots prevailed. How? [Read More]
Travel Trouble
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Travel Trouble
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Anyone who travels a lot has most likely experienced The Proverbial Travel Day From HE-Double Hockey Sticks (TPTDFHEDHS). I just had one of those days on a recent business trip to Minneapolis, and despite the inconveniences, I managed to survive without blowing a gasket in the process. [Read More]
Victory, Even in Defeat
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Victory, Even in Defeat
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I ask the staff and the team to look back upon this season with heads held high, celebrating what a terrific journey it has been. Thanks for letting us tag along for the ride. It was a blast. [Read More]
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